Thames River Isis team constrain downside with trading-based approach to EM equities
October 21, 2011
Kristof Bulkai and Hugo Rogers, the successors to Thames River’s renowned Nevsky team, have been coping relatively well in an increasingly torrid time in global and emerging markets
Taking over the emerging markets franchise at Thames River – effectively stepping into the shoes of the highly successful Nevsky team headed up by Martin Taylor and Nick Barnes – could be a daunting task.
But Kristof Bulkai and Hugo Rogers have made a confident start since taking over in March. To the end of September, the Thames River Isis fund is down 12% for the year to date, a respectable figure when considered against the much worse performance of some of its emerging market equity peers in a very turbulent and volatile year.
In these difficult markets, Bulkai’s trading background has come very much to the fore. Formerly a proprietary trader at Griffin Capital Management, he describes the approach there as similar to that of BlueCrest or Millennium. “One effectively ran a discrete book, working within a highly defined set of para¬meters, with hard stop-losses in place,” he...
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